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Doing a Speech tommorow. (I'm running for VP/Publicity) - May 20th 2009, 03:18 AM

I'm about to make a speech tomorrow for a Committee that I volunteer at. It's a place where you would do community service for the city.

Anyway, I've experienced being there for one year and thought of running for Vice President and Publicity. The rules are that If you win two positions, your only able to choose one. So If I don't make it as a Vice President, then Publicity would be my fallback.

To run, you would have to make a short speech in front of everybody explaining why I should be this position and then a two minute caucus (aka Q&A) where they would ask questions regarding your potential position.

Why am I running for VP? Well I was a shy person a few years ago, recently became an open, down to earth, unshy person. Now.. I want to be a leader and I think it's the next step towards building a better character for myself. Publicity is my fallback position and It fits with my creative interests (Photography, Graphic Design.)

Anyway, I got all these info in my head and I'm kinda nervous about the speech. Nervous of making a fool of myself and also my speech being unorganized and wavy, instead of organized and flowing.

Any tips on speeches? Maybe someone has a template of how a speech should go, similar to an essay outline?
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Re: Doing a Speech tommorow. (I'm running for VP/Publicity) - May 20th 2009, 04:02 AM

I don't have any outline per se but.. I would suggest you writing down your speech on cue cards (or at least your outline with main points highlighted) and go over it more than a few times. Allow yourself to feel the flow of it, don't necessarily force the flow.

Be confident in yourself or there is a possibility they will see through you. Show you are a leader by doing just that. Make sure you let them know why you would be qualified for the position and that type of thing. Of course it's a good thing to show off your personality as well.

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Re: Doing a Speech tommorow. (I'm running for VP/Publicity) - May 20th 2009, 04:05 AM

Practice makes perfect. When I give a presentation, I write out bullet points to remind me of what I want to talk about, then type them in BIG FONT. I make sure I can lay them all out in front of me so I dont' have to flip pages or anything like that. Give the speech as many times as you can to friends, family, pets, a mirror...whatever you've got between now and "game time."
Remember, you know what you want to say, it's all a question of organizing it. Once you figure out what order you want to do things in, write it down BIG.
A speech is just like a conversation with friends, only they're not allowed to interrupt you. Thinking of it that way helps me manage my nerves. And remember, everyone wants you to do well. Nobody ACTUALLY wants to see you make a fool of yourself.
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Re: Doing a Speech tommorow. (I'm running for VP/Publicity) - May 20th 2009, 05:07 AM

I can relate to this topic, I was thinking of running for Valedictorian at my school for the same reasons you posted. We have to perform a persuasive speech in front of faculty.

Anyway as others have said before me, the trick is to know your information as if you were studying for a test or teaching someone else. If you try to memorize your speech line by line, word for word, it may not sound as natural as talking on the spot. Plus if you forget your lines, you may lose your train of thought and the presentation’s flow.
By knowing your information, you can incorporate speaking techniques and draw conclusions from questions asked, therefore creating a good impromptu answer.

Before the Presentation:
1. Write down your speech, read it over and remember the stronger points of your speech.
2. Focus on those stronger points and know that information well. Pretend I will quiz you on it (because you will be asked questions)
3. Before you go up, make sure your mouth is moist enough so you don’t run out of saliva and stumble on pronunciation.

During the Presentation:
1. Eye contact and smiling like this is useful.
2. Speak loudly and clearly.

Suggested Speaking Techniques:
1. Repeating phrases such as “I believe we can….” For several consecutive sentences to subconsciously “push” people towards a certain view point.
2. Relating to the audience eg “How many of you have done this”.
3. Vary your speaking tone and volume, take a quick pause after significant points to allow the audience a second to reflect.
4. End off with a rhetorical question to get people thinking.

Good Luck!
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Re: Doing a Speech tommorow. (I'm running for VP/Publicity) - May 20th 2009, 03:20 PM

Be confident and you'll do great! Kelly
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